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An Ache in Every Stake (1941)

TV-PG | | Short, Comedy | 22 August 1941 (USA)
The three stooges employed as icemen attempt to deliver ice to a mountaintop house and are forced to cater for a birthday dinner there.


Del Lord


Lloyd French (story) (as Lloyd A. French), Lloyd French (screenplay) (as Lloyd A. French)




Complete credited cast:
Curly Howard ... Curly (as Curly)
Larry Fine ... Larry (as Larry)
Moe Howard ... Moe (as Moe)


The stooges are icemen who, while delivering ice to a house on the top of a high hill, destroy several cakes that a wealthy man is trying to bring home. When their antics cause the servants at their customer's house to quit, the boys are hired to take their place and prepare a dinner party. What they don't know is that the party is for the man whose cakes they wrecked. When Moe's gas filled cake explodes and the man realizes who they are, they must leave in a hurry. Written by Mitch Shapiro <mshapiro@a.crl.com>

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Short | Comedy


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The staircase has 147 steps. The area around it has not changed much since the 1940s. See more »


The ice truck is parked at the bottom of the staircase, but when the taxi drops Mr. Lawrence off, the truck is nowhere to be seen. See more »


Larry: [accidentally hits Moe with an ax] I'm sorry, Moe, I didn't know you were standing there.
Moe: Oh that's alright, kid, accidents can happen to the best of families.
Larry: [Moe grabs Larry's head with ice tongs] Oh Moe, ow ow!
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9 December 2005 | by maxcellus46See all my reviews

Just to correct one thing that was mentioned in a couple of the other reviews here. In this one, Vernon Dent is not a judge. He's merely a guy trying to get home with his birthday cake in one piece. The one where he's a judge is the remake made with Shemp where, as usual, Columbia spliced two stories in order to get one, "An Ache In Every Steak" with "A Plumbing We Will Go". With that said and done...this is without any doubt one of their very best comedies ever. It's right up there with "Men In Black" from 1934. The one thing I never hear though from other admirers of the boys is how their shorts never really seem dated or old fashioned. As much as I enjoy Abbott & Costello, they seem stuck in the 1940's and WWII. The Stooges are timeless because they hit the nerve in all of us and I've seen people who don't even understand English or some of the contemporary references laugh unceasingly at their antics. If that's not a testimonial to greatness, I don't know what is. Just watch this one and don't be drinking anything while doing so or it might come out your nose.

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Release Date:

22 August 1941 (USA) See more »

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All This and Bedlam Too See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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